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RE: 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx

What are the other 2 specimens #9 & #10?

Archaeopteryx specimens:

1.The Feather
Found in 1860 near Solnhofen and described by H. v Meyer in 1861.

2.The London Specimen
Found in 1861, near Langenaltheim. Probably the best known (together with the Berlin specimen). Its discovery was announced by H. v Meyer in 1861.

3.The Berlin Specimen
Found in 1877 near Blumenberg. This was a better specimen than the London specimen, principally because it had a complete head. It was described by W. Dames in 1884.

4.The Maxburg Specimen
Found in 1958 near Langenaltheim (same as London Specimen). This specimen is of the torso only and is the only specimen to still be in private hands. It's whereabouts remain unknown. The specimen was described by Heller in 1959.

5.The Haarlem or Teyler Specimen
This specimen was actually found near Reidenburg in 1855, 5 years before the feather! It lay in a museum after being classified as Pterodactylus crassipes by H. v Meyer in 1875. Curiously, Mayer described it as having a flight membrane unlike any other known pterodactyl, now we know why! A re-examination of the fossil in 1970 by Ostrom revealed feathers and its true identity.

6.The Eichstatt Specimen
Found near Workerszell in 1951, it was described by P. Wellnhofer in 1974. This is the smallest of all the specimens

7.The Solnhofen Specimen
Found in the 1960's near Eichstatt by a Turkish worker. First identified as Compsognathus, by a amateur collector, however, further examination showed that the arms were too long for the body size and preparation revealed feather traces. Described by P. Wellnhofer in 1988.

8.The Solnhofen-Aktien-Verein specimen
A new specimen was described by Wellnhofer (1993), but the description is in German and so information is limited. The specimen has been classified as a new species, Archaeopteryx bavarica, and has been reported as possessing a small ossified sternum, as well as feather impressions.

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11. specimen of Archaeopteryx, with very well preserved bones and feathers but no skull.

Any further info on Archaeopteryx specimens 9, 10 & 11?

John Schneiderman

On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM, Heinz Peter Bredow wrote:

I just read the Süddeutsche Zeitung from tomorrow
which can already be downloaded by subscribers this evening.

It contains a report about an 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx,
with very well preserved bones and feathers but no skull.

This specimen will be displayed with some other specimens of Archaeopteryx at the end of this month at the Münchner Mineralientage.

Oliver Rauhut from Munich was cited as leader of a group of scientists
which wrote a first expertise of this specimen.

Have I missed something or is this news?


Heinz Peter Bredow

Bremen, Germany


There are some pictures of the preparation of the Münchner Mineralientage at